Maysoon Adbul-Hakeem, 3, died following the collision outside Olive School in Yardley, Birmingham. A man arrested after failing to stop at the scene has been released under investigation
An online fundraiser has been set-up for the traumatised family of a child killed after being hit by a car while on her scooter outside a school as she was today named by police.
Three-year-old Maysoon Adbul-Hakeem was struck in Yardley, Birmingham, last Thursday afternoon.
She was scooting across a zebra crossing when a driver allegedly ploughed into her – as her mum watched on.
Police say the motorist at the wheel of the silver Ford Galaxy allegedly did not stop, but a man was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after handing himself in.
He has been released under investigation while the force gather more evidence.
The toddler was rushed to hospital after the collision outside Olive School but could not been saved by medics.
A family statement released on Tuesday read: “We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful daughter Maysoon. Please respect our privacy at this very difficult time.”
Now, nearby resident Sudais Khan has launched a GoFundMe page to raise cash for the devastated family.
So far, over £630 has been raised.
They explained on the fundraiser: “I am local to the area and I was personally really saddened by the three-year-old who died from the tragic hit and run accident of a three-year-old girl who died November 11, 2021, outside Olive School whilst crossing a zebra crossing.
“All funds donated will be given to the family of the innocent three-year-old toddler.”
Shocked witnesses on Friday said the the mum of the victim watched on as the horror incident happened.
Mohammed ‘Ali’ Hussain, who lives on nearby Weston Lane, said: “I didn’t seen anything but my wife saw a bit of the incident but then police were moving people from the area.
“It was a three-year-old girl who had been picked up by her mother from school slightly early.
“The young girl was on a scooter and made it 3/4 of the way into the zebra crossing already and the mum was at the zebra crossing – she witnessed the whole thing.”
“We didn’t know the girl, but have placed flowers outside the schools. It’s really sad.”
West Midlands Police are appealing for information following the devastating death last week.
Acting Inspector Paul Hughes, of the serious collision investigation unit at the force, said: “The tragic death of such a young child is deeply saddening.
“Our thoughts are with the girl’s family at this incredibly distressing time.
“Our priority is supporting her family and ensuring that a thorough investigation is carried out.
‘”We understand the shock and worry this may have caused the community and ask people not to speculate on the circumstances.
“I’m keen to hear from anyone who was on Reddings Lane or the immediate vicinity and may have witnessed the collision or heard anything that may assist our investigation.”
A further statement from the force added: “It is understood the girl was using a zebra crossing when she was hit by a silver Ford Galaxy just before 2.40pm today (November 11).
“The driver of the car failed to stop at the crossing but officers swiftly took witness accounts and statements, and arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after locating his vehicle in the area.”